Open Thread: California on the Rocks
California is being held hostage to people who want to see it become a third world society. Here's an example of a civic minded member of the Legislature whose goal to get re-elected is more important than doing the right thing for the state.
Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, was the only Democrat in the Legislature not to voice initial support for the mix of tax increases and budget cuts that are intended to close California's $42 billion budget deficit.
He campaigned against tax increases in 2006, winning by just 1 percentage point in his Orange County district. He fears that opponents will use a vote for a tax hike against him when he stands for re-election in 2010.
Correa's vote is crucial because Republicans have said they will not put up more than the minimum number of GOP votes required—three in each house—meaning all Democrats have to vote for the two-year budget fix.
I wonder what he hopes to accomplish if things fall apart the way they could? Will any representative be safe?
And what can you say about the Republicans except they are inhuman in their callousness and stubbornness?
BTW: Next step for California is laying off 20000 state employees. And having run out of friends to borrow from, the cupboard is bare. It really is a mess.